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Riders to face beefed up drug testing for Tour of California

Updated: January 22, 2008, 10:18 PM ET
Associated Press

CARSON, Calif. -- Cyclists competing in next month's Amgen Tour of California have been sent a message: Don't even think of using a performance-enhancing substance.

"We want to ensure that it's clean and fair and that the best rider wins," AEG Sports president Andrew Messick said Tuesday in announcing a new testing protocol for the Feb. 17-24 race that begins in Palo Alto, Calif., and ends in Pasadena. AEG is the race's presenting sponsor.

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